Women's Soccer Begins MAAC Play at Home Against Quinnipiac on Saturday

Women's Soccer Begins MAAC Play at Home Against Quinnipiac on Saturday

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GAME 7
Saint Peter's (2-4) vs. Quinnipiac (3-4)
Date: Sat, Sep. 16, 2017
Time: 12:00 p.m.

Location: Joseph J. Jaroschak Field, Jersey City, NJ

 

Next on Tap
The Peacocks will open MAAC play on Saturday, September 16 at noon against Quinnipiac. The contest will also be the Jaroschak Field season opener for 2017.

 

Series History with the Bobcats
The Peacocks have met the Bobcats eight times previously dating back to 2004. The Peacocks have never defeated Quinnipiac, trailing them 0-8.

 

Last Season's meeting
In the season finale of 2016, the Peacocks suffered a 3-1 loss to the Bobcats in Hamden, CT. Alexandria Couto scored the first goal of the game nine minutes into the game, giving the Peacocks a 1-0 lead before the Bobcats scored three unanswered goals to finish the game.

 

Quinnipiac Scouting Report

Quinnipiac comes to Jersey City with a 3-4 overall record. The Bobcats have dropped each of the last three games after a 3-1 start to the season. Quinnipiac leads the conference in points and goals this season and the team has four players in the conference top in the points category.  Nadya Gill leads the Bobcats and the MAAC in points (13) and goals (5), while Kelsey Goldring ranks third in points (7), and Al Pelletier and Madison Borowiec are tied for fourth in points (6).

 

Last Time Out

The Saint Peter's women's soccer team conceded the final non-conference game of the season, 3-1 to Sacred Heart on Wednesday afternoon. Rachel Ingram scored the Peacocks lone goal of the game in the 85' of the game.

 

Up Next

The Peacocks will continue Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) play on Wednesday, September 20 at hOURglass Rival Rider. The start time is 7pm.

 

MAAC Player of the Week

Barbara Paiva earned MAAC Offensive Player of the Week honors for the week of September 11 after amassing three goals and one assist for seven total points. Paiva's three goals and seven total points were more than any other MAAC player had on the week, leading to her first career weekly award.

 

Among the MAAC Leaders

Junior forward Barbara Paiva and freshman goalkeeper Victoria Scarratt sit atop of the MAAC rankings in several statistical categories. Paiva ranks second in the conference in points (9), points per game (1.50), goals (4), goals per game (0.67), and leads the MAAC in game-winning goals (2). Scarrat is the MAAC leader in saves per game (10.20) and she is the only player in the conference averaging over 10 saves per outing. She ranks second in save percentage (.836) and in total saves (51).

 

Looking Back at 2016

Saint Peter's ended the 2016 season with a 1-13-2 overall record and a 0-9-1 record in the MAAC. The Peacocks earned a league point for the first time in over two years last season with its draw with Fairfield and the team took playoff qualifying Canisius to overtime on senior day. Saint Peter's also gave up 34 less goals in 2016 compared to 2015, cutting its average goals allowed per game from 4.64 in 2015 to 2.81 in 2016. 

 

Looking Forward to 2017
The Peacocks only lost three seniors from the 2016 squad and the team returns 13 players from last year's roster. Returning starters include Taylor McLean, Alyssa Conanan, Brooke Trotta, Mia Greene, Olivia Nazzaro, Alexandria Couto, Aleena Cruz, Victoria Babcock, and Kelsey Nugent.  

 

New Additions
Head coach Melissa Sherwood added six new student-athletes to the 2017 team. Nazae CrawIsabel FernandezCarlee GonzalezRachel IngramElizabeth Pacillo, and Victoria Scarratt joined the lineup for the fall.

 

About the Coach
Melissa Sherwood is in her second season as the women's soccer head coach at Saint Peter's in 2017. Under Sherwood in 2016, the Peacocks earned a league point for the first time in over two years earning a draw with Fairfield and the team took playoff qualifying Canisius into overtime on senior day. Sherwood's squad also gave up 34 less goals in 2016 than in 2015 before she took over, cutting the average goals allowed per game from 4.64 in 2015 to 2.81 in 2016.